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Cracked Wheat Pudding

23 Aug

whole_wheat_pudding
Goduma Payasam.

Cracked wheat is used in making this payasam instead of using regular rice. Coarse cracked wheat is pressure cooked and then finished in boiling milk along with jaggery and nuts. Serve cracked wheat pudding hot or cold.
Makes: around 2 Cups of Cracked Wheat Pudding.

Ingredients:

Coarse Cracked Wheat 1/2 Cup
Milk 1 1/2 Cups
Jaggery 1/2 Cup
Cardamom 1
Cashews 5
Raisins 8

Method of preparation:

Bruise the cardamom and crush the black seeds inside into powder.
Grate or mash the jaggery and keep aside.
Roast the cashews and keep aside.
Refresh cracked wheat with fresh water and pressure cook in a cup of water for 3 whistles.
Alternatively, boil in around 1 1/4 cups of water till its just soft and cooked but not mushy.

Bring milk to boil in a sauce pot, add cracked wheat and cardamom powder.
Boil for couple of minutes, add jaggery and raisins.
Let all the jaggery melt completely and raisins puff up.
When the consistency is thick but pourable, remove from heat.
Garnish the cracked wheat payasam with roasted cashews and serve hot or chilled.
Notes: Make sure not to overcook the cracked wheat.

Suggestions: Adjust the consistency with milk. The pudding thickens once it cools, so adjust accordingly. Or else choose the most coarsely available cracked wheat as possible.
Variations: You could instead soak the whole wheat for few hours, coarsely chop it in food processor and then pressure cook.
Other Names: Cracked Wheat Pudding, Whole Wheat Pudding, Goduma Payasam, Goduma Rava Payasam.